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Musician, Teacher, and Researcher

Rachael Sanguinetti is a passionate educator and performer. She earned her bachelor’s degree at the Eastman School of Music in 2015 where she majored in Music Education with a Vocal Emphasis and Musical Arts with a thesis focused in arts journalism. She also minored in Social Psychology and completed an Arts Leadership Certificate. Rachael then went on to earn a master’s degree at Ithaca College in 2018 with a focus in secondary general education and popular music education. Rachael is currently pursuing a PhD in Music Education at the Eastman School of Music with a focus in secondary general music.  

Rachael has traveled the country presenting at conferences and leading workshops on topics related to student-centered instruction, teacher self-care, and culturally responsive practices. She has completed several research studies on the subject of popular music practices in the K-12 classroom. She also maintains an active performance career as a soprano, performing across the northeast in musical theatre, opera productions, and in recording sessions. Rachael is also active as a guest conductor for children and adult choirs.

Before leaving the K-12 classroom to pursue her PhD, Rachael was a K-12 music teacher and Dean of Middle School Students at Allendale Columbia School in Pittsford, NY. While there, she was named the David M. Pychon Chair for the Arts, an award recognizing top arts educators. Rachael has also taught early childhood music classes at the Eastman Community Music School for students ages 6 months to 5 years and their families.

Rachael is an adjunct professor of music education at Nazareth College in Pittsford, NY. She also currently has an active private piano and voice studio where she works with students age 4 through adults. To maintain her roots in K-12 education, also teaches high school online courses in psychology, music theory, songwriting, and ukulele for Constellation Learning, and online learning collective. She loves working with students of all ages to pursue their own musical interests, to find their passions, and to make music with others.

Full CV available here

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